Use Your Imagination Kunihiko Morinaga delights and engages in an exercise in child’s play
Going to an Anrealage show is truly a treat. Kunihiko Morinaga approaches fashion like no other designer. For this collection, as he communicated through an interpreter after the show, he wanted it to be like a game so he made it fun and colorful. Imagine building blocks, knocking them down, and building them up again in different configurations. This is what he did with different components of classical garments found in every wardrobe like the trench coat, blazer, blouson, dress, jumper, bomber jacket. He broke them down into geometric shapes and volumes – squares, rectangles, triangles, columns and semicircles – and developed a system of snaps by which they can be detached and reassembled.
So cuffs can form a collar, the sleeves of a bomber can build the folds of a dress, or a bodice the bottom of a skirt, and so on. Forget two-in-one, this is hybrid clothing gone turbo. Between the variety of fabrics – from denim, Aran knit, eco-fur, down – in primary colors and patterns like floral, argyle, houndstooth, the possibilities to mix and match are endless. Morinaga wanted to involve the customer, to let them play around with the interchangeable, modular components and come up with their own pieces according to their whims. The result is a fun, dynamic, colorful body of work that invites individuality and creativity.
Even if you’re not a DIY kind of person, the pieces are statement pieces with their innovative silhouettes and proportions. We look forward to the future products of this master’s mind, as he keeps on pushing the envelope and challenging our habits and assumptions.